Quoted: The Trial and Error Edition

Hillary Clinton jumps at the chance for a test on July 29, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich / Reuters)
Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Trying times: “You’re not going to have people jumping up and down saying, ‘Test me! Test me!’” Glenda Gray, a doctor and scientist, on the stigma of tuberculosis.

Clinical trials: “We try it on one human being. Well, that didn’t seem to kill them. Then we try it on another,” Mary Foulkes, a former FDA director, on the process of testing drugs.

Trial by fire: “When you climb inside the belly of the aircraft, it's like climbing inside of a tin can sitting out in the sun,” Paul Mozeak, who loads baggage into planes.

What’s the verdict? “Enacting these kinds of state laws shows that the world doesn’t collapse when we create additional protections against gender discrimination,” Ariane Hegewisch, who studies women’s earnings, on a Massachusetts equal-pay law.